GCSE / National 5 Drama: Working with a Director (pt 6/8)

Radio 1 presenter Alice Levine talks to Wolfblood actor Jacqueline Boatswain who plays Victoria Sweeney about how to get the most out of working with a director.

Jackie's advice is to listen very closely to instructions and to follow them.

Alice then speaks to the programme's director John Dower about what exactly he does. He explains that a director's role is to ensure the story is being told in the best way possible.

To prepare for her role in War Horse, John advises Alice to thoroughly research the historical context of her character, and to know what happens in her story both before and after a scene.

This short film is from the series Alice's Journey to Wonderland.

Teacher Notes

This could be used to introduce students to the idea of the director’s role.

The class could be split into groups with all groups given the same scene of a play they have been studying.

Each group’s director can direct the scene however they wish, and then the class comes together at the end to watch how the same scene can be played out differently.

Students could be encouraged to think about plays they have seen and how they, if they were the director, might have directed something to be done differently and why.

Students should also be encouraged to think about why it is so important to listen to their director when they are working together, and what could go wrong if they don’t.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be useful for teaching Drama, particularly performance skills at Key Stage 4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and National 4/5 in Scotland. It could also be useful for people of any age preparing for an acting role.

More from Alice's Journey to Wonderland

Developing a character (pt 1/8)
Using your voice (pt 2/8)
Set and costume (pt 3/8)
Improvisation techniques (pt 4/8)
Working with multimedia (pt 5/8)
Preparing for a role (pt 7/8)
The big performance (pt 8/8)